Dynamite® Crape Myrtle
Dynamite® Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II' Plant Patent #10,296Item #0886 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 10
Attractive ornamental shrub or small tree with smooth, peeling bark. Showy, ruffled, fiery red flowers followed by vibrant orange-red fall foliage. Excellent specimen or plant in groups for an explosion of color in the landscape and year-round interest. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing to 15 to 20 ft. tall and 10 to 15 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-di-kaPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 15 to 20 ft. tall and 10 to 15 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:RedPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); Lilyturf (Liriope); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Mexican Heather (Cuphea); Agapanthus (Agapanthus)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. Thin young trees in late winter to early spring, leaving 3 to 7 main trunks or canopy branches. On older trees, prune only to remove emerging suckers.Pruning time: late winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:Dynamite® crape myrtle is a product of Carl Whitcom's breeding program, which rather than hybridizing L. indica and L. fauriei, instead focused on evaluating seedlings from an outstanding red cultivar of L. indica, Selections were chosen for mildew resistance, cold hardiness and drought tolerance, and resulted in outstanding new introductions with more vivid colors, longer bloom and in some cases, dark-hued foliage. Two of the most popular are Dynamite® (L. indica 'Whit II'), with bright, true red flowers; and Red Rocket ® (L. indica 'Whit IV'), with extra-large, cherry red trusses.Lore:It has been noted that prolonged periods of overcast weather can cause red-flowered crape myrtle flowers to fade to white.